Rite Aid’s pharmacy sales, Rxs filled rise
CAMP HILL, Pa. — Total and front-end same-store sales at Rite Aid decreased during March, while pharmacy sales and prescriptions filled increased, the pharmacy retailer said Thursday.
Compared with last year, front-end same-store sales decreased by 1.8% during the four-week period that ended March 26, which the 4,711-store chain attributed to Easter falling on a later date this year, April 24, than last year, when it occurred on April 4.
Meanwhile, pharmacy sales increased by 0.8%. This included a slight negative effect from the availability of new generics. Prescriptions increased by 0.6%.
Total drug store sales decreased by 0.9% to about $1.95 billion, compared with $1.97 billion in March 2010. Prescription sales accounted for 69.4% of sales, while third-party prescription sales accounted for 96.5% of pharmacy sales.
Veteran diabetics experience less complications, study finds
NEW YORK — Patients that have been handling their diabetes for a long time are less likely to experience complications, according to a new study conducted by Joslin Diabetes Center researchers.
Among 351 participants in the "Joslin 50-Year Medalist Study," researchers found that among veteran Type 1 diabetics — who have been living with the condition for 50 years or more — 43% were free from advanced diabetic eye complications, while 87% were free from kidney disease, 39% were free from nerve disease and 52% were free from cardiovascular disease.
The data "are strong evidence that protective molecular, physiologic or genetic mechanisms in these fortunate individuals fight against the toxic effects of high blood sugars over many decades," said Jennifer Sun, author of one of the papers, which was published in Diabetes Care.
"Insights from the ‘Medalist Study’ are great motivators for patients who have just been diagnosed with diabetes or are early in the disease, particularly younger kids and adolescents," Sun said. "We can tell these patients that we encourage them to control their blood sugars and get their recommended diabetes care, because they can live many decades with excellent vision and the chance to avoid other severe complications."
APhA, Cardinal Health Foundation join forces to curb Rx abuse
SEATTLE — The American Pharmacists Association has teamed up with the Cardinal Health Foundation to fight against prescription drug abuse through several initiatives.
With funding support from the Cardinal Health Foundation, APhA members will take an active role in preventing the abuse and misuse of prescription medications, including the following initiatives:
APhA will encourage its professional and student members to utilize two toolkits, which can be accessed at CardinalHealth.com/GenerationRx, that contain talking points, presentation materials and tips to make it time-efficient and easy for pharmacists and others to discuss the issue of prescription drug abuse in a variety of environments;
A competition among APhA’s Academy of Student Pharmacist chapters, whereby student members utilized Cardinal Health’s GenerationRx toolkit to raise awareness of prescription drug abuse in their communities. Five student chapters recently were recognized for their efforts;
The APhA GenerationRx Award of Excellence, endowed by the Cardinal Health Foundation, which each year will recognize one pharmacist for outstanding efforts in prescription medication abuse prevention; and
The APhA will develop a GenerationRx Preceptor program, which will engage pharmacy educators in efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
“We believe that as trusted healthcare experts, pharmacists and student pharmacists can play an important role in helping parents, educators, community leaders and teens better understand the dangers of prescription drug abuse,” said Jessica Lineberger, manager of the Cardinal Health Foundation. “We look forward to partnering with [the] APhA to engage [its] members in the fight to save thousands of lives through prescription drug abuse prevention.”